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Wow! I didn't know that!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:55pm
The Value of my LibraryI just was reading about the value of libraries and thought our readers might be interested.
According to a report from the Utah State Library Division, the economic return to taxpayers’ investment in public libraries is $7.35 per public tax dollar (or $1.00) expended. The ROI (Return on Investment) was calculated by dividing the total economic value of public libraries minus the total direct benefit ($706,854,261 - $84,617,790 = $622,236,471) by the public tax support ($84,617,790) for all public libraries in Utah. This return per dollar of taxpayer funds comes back to taxpayers in the form of the value of public library services and the economic contribution of public libraries to the economy.

Wow talk about value for your money! Libraries rock. Join us for our National Library week celebrations this week. Check out our webpage,  www.bcpl.lib.ut.us for a full list of activities.

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Story Time Review

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:23am
I Can Quack like that!
This week for our Story Time classes we read about ducks. We read Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup, Duck to the Rescue by John Himmelman, It's Quacking Time by Martin Waddell, 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, The Fuzzy Duckling by Jane Watson and Ducks don't Wear Socks by John Nedwidek. I made flannel board pieces to tell the Ducks don't Wear Socks story. This book is a simple story about all the silly things a duck wears to try and make a serious girl smile. In the end she turns the tables on him and makes duck laugh by dressing up like a duck. I like this story because the duck is a mallard and gives the children a chance to see a different type of duck. They are not all just fuzzy and yellow.

Ducks Don't Wear Socks Flannel BoardWe sang 5 Little Ducks with some stick puppets and sang Little Duckie Duddle by Carole Peterson from her CD Tiny Tunes. We played a game called Do like a duck does. I had several rubber ducks of different colors on the board and as we said the poem we would take down each duck and do the action. The poem is:
I am a little yellow duck,
as happy as can be.
You can be my special friend
If you talk like me!
Rubber Duck Poem/Flannel Board 
For each duck we changed the color and the action, we swam, walked, shook our tail feathers, and flapped our wings. It was a great wiggle activity and went well with the 10 Rubber Ducks story.

For our craft we made a duck from a paper plate, some feathers, and some construction paper feet, beak and head. Simple and cute glue activity. For our take home pages, I sent home a set of five little ducks for the children to color, so they could sing the 5 little ducks song at home and a maze titled  "Help the duck find the pond".

5 Little Ducks song puppets
    Next Week: Bunny Rabbits
    Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian
Paper plate duck craft

Story Time Review

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 5:00am
Heigh Ho! The Piggy Oh...This week in Story time we continued our farm animal theme with pigs. We read the books Piggies by Audrey Wood, Ping Pong Pig by Caroline Church, Churchill's Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu, Piggy Pie Po by Audrey Wood, Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman and Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems.

In the book Ping Pong Pig the little pig jumps on a trampoline in an attempt to fly. So I pulled out the parachute and used a pig puppet to have the children assist the pig in "flying". It was great fun to try and get the pig to jump as high as the ceiling. In the end we discovered that pigs don't fly, just bounce.

I used the same pig puppet to sing the song, Pig on her Head by Laurie Berkner. It was fun to have the children come up one by one and we sang about the pig, their name and where the pig was sitting. On noses, necks, toes and ears we funny places for our pig to sit. It goes like this...
Laurie has a pig on her head
Laurie has a pig on her head
Laurie has a pig on her head
and she keeps it there all day!

Oliver has a pig on his nose
Oliver has a pig on his nose
Oliver has a pig on his nose
and he keeps it there all day!

...and so on, until everyone who wanted a turn had one.

I looked at  the end papers of the book Happy Pig Day for inspiration for our craft. In the front of the book the character Piggy is holding a sign that says I love Pigs. In the back the character Gerald(an elephant)
is dressed up in a pig nose and is holding a I love Pigs sign. So naturally we created a I Love Pigs sign and a pig nose to wear. To make the noses, we cut a paper tube into thirds, covered it with pink construction paper then taped a pink circle to the top. Punch two holes on the sides and tie some elastic string in the holes so we could wear them around our head. To make our signs I pre-printed the words and the heart and the children colored them in. Then we just taped the paper to a Popsicle stick. We practiced saying Happy Pig Day in pig, which is, "Oinky, Oink, Oink!"  We even wore our noses and waved our signs when we sang the goodbye song at the end of the day.

Next week: Ducks
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Story Time Review

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 5:00am

Welcome back to Story time! We had a great first week to our Spring session. We talked about farms and farm animals. We read, Say Hello! Like This by Mary Murphy, Flip Flap Farm by Axel Scheffler, Simms Taback's Farm Animals, Funny Farm by Mark Teague, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Driving my Tractor with the CD by Jan Dobbins. It was fun to listen to the music that goes along with the story and we added some simple actions for the part of the story that goes, "Chug, Chug, Clank, Clank, Toot!"

We played a game with some of our animal puppets. I would like to be a...cow, goat, frog, pig, etc. Where would I live if I were a cow? What would I eat if I was a pig? How would I sound if I was a frog? It was fun to talk about the answers. Interestingly, I showed the monkey and asked where would I live? A little girl said, "The Zoo!" "That is true, but where else could I live?" I asked.  This stumped them! I guess they have never encountered a monkey in the wild, so this wasn't where they expected to find them.

We sang Old MacDonald and used a paper bag "barn" as a prop to put in different animals as we sang about them. At the end of class, we created a paper bag barn for each of the children to take home, so they could sing the song to their family. I gave each of the children a sheet of animals to color to put into the paper bag barn.

I showed the children some seeds and they tried to guess what kind of plant would grow from each seed. I had a large variety of sizes, from pumpkin to carrots. Many of the children wanted to touch the seeds to explore them that way. We discovered that pumpkin seeds are smooth and beet seeds are very bumpy and rough.

Next week: Pigs!
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Bomerang donations

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:00am
We just received a donation of four Boomerang yearbooks from the Box Elder High School from 1942 through 1945.  These are a wonderful bit of history and add to the missing years in our collection.  We are grateful to the family of Dawn Mills for donating these to us.

 We have one friend of our library who makes routine checks at the DI for these old yearbooks and who has found a few to add to our collection. If you are helping a loved one clean out their home and you find these old Boomerang yearbooks, please think of the library before you toss them out. I know the high school does have copies, but it is nice to have them at a place they are easier for everyone to access.

Our library collection starts with the year 1914 and we are missing 1919, 1921, 1927, 1929, 1931-1936, 1951, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968.  It would be nice to have the whole collection up to the current date but we'd probably run out of space so we're just hoping to fill in some of the spaces for the older books.



Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:24am
To the Moon and Beyond is a fun hands on science class that has been happening for the last two weeks at Brigham City Library and will continue for two more weeks.  Steve Hill and Barbara Findley have been teaching the class.  The first week the children and parents learned about the Phases of the Moon using Oreo Cookies and how craters were formed on the moon using flour and cocoa,

This week they made edible lunar rover and walked "on the moon."


Story Time Review

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:08pm

Sharing and Caring @ the Library
For our Story time classes this week we read books on the topic of sharing. We used The Bear who Shared by Catherine Rayner, We Share Everything! by Robert Munsch, Should I share my Ice Cream? by Mo Willems, Dot and Dash Learn to Share by Emma Dodd and Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Instead of reading the Rainbow Fish story I showed a YouTube Video  found here. I don't usually show movies since I feel like they get more than enough screen time but this video was simple and creative using the original illustrations and the text was read by Ernest Borgnine.  After the video we played a game of pin the scale on the fish. I created the fish by copying a fish outline onto poster board. I covered the fish with clear contact paper so we could stick the scales on without damaging the
drawing. For scales I used my
 1 1/2" circle cutter to cut out circles from some glitter paper and some shiny foil coated paper. For our younger classes I just let the kids each have a scale and stick it on. For the older kids we used a blind fold.  During this activity I talked to the kids about how when someone shares with us then we return the favor and share with them. We "shared" back some of the Rainbow fishes' scales.

We used the song Wonderful Friends from the CD Music Time by Johnette Downing and clapped along and followed the directions in the song for finding a wonderful friend.  We had a guessing activity where I hid a toy inside a #10 can. I had prepared the cans before by cutting a hole in the plastic lid and stretching and gluing a tube sock over the hole. The children could reach inside the sock and feel what was in the can but could not see it or pull it out. They had to guess what toy was inside that we could share. I hid a stuffed animal and a ball in them. The ball was easy to guess, the stuffed animal (The very hungry caterpillar) was harder.

For our craft I used a print out of a fish outline that included scales. I gave the children some glitter and foil papers cut into scale shapes to glue on. Then we used watercolor paint to make the fish rainbow colors.

This was the final week of our Story time session. Registration for the next session will be on March 11th at 10:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Story Time Review

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 6:00am
We Love Story Time!

This week we took time to celebrate the St. Valentine's Day holiday. We read Louanne Pig: In the Mysterious Valentine by Nancy Carlson, Be Mine Be Mine Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks, There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro, If you'll be my Valentine by Cynthia Rylant, Henry in Love by Peter McCarty and Love Monster by Rachel Bright. I also had planned to use Happy Valentines Day Curious George by H. A. Rey but I didn't have time for this title.

We got our wiggles out with the CD Smart Moves II, using the track Balance it on my Head. I gave each child a beanbag to balance on their head and we marched, skipped, danced and spun around trying to keep the bean bag in place without touching it with our hands. Tricky to do when skipping! We also did an activity with some valentine hearts. I had written an activity on the back of each one and one at a time the children chose a valentine and we stretched, or blinked or jumped. The children enjoyed choosing. One three year old took her heart and since she, of course, couldn't read it she just made something up. "It says to jump up and down." she guessed.  It didn't, but I thought that it was great that she tried to read it on her own and failing that predicted what it might say.

For our craft we created a Valentine Day hat with a simple paper plate and some heart stickers and plastic jewels. Our take home pages were Valentine related find the item that doesn't belong and a tracing page with hearts to practice writing control.

Next Week: Sharing
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Don't repair your library books

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 4:47pm
Tape: Just say, NO!
Books are made of paper, and it is true that paper isn't very durable, so inevitably it will get torn. So what is a person to do? Most of the time what happens is, we reach for something to repair that torn paper. A lot of you use tape to quickly patch up a torn page or to reinforce an old binding. Librarians and people in the business of book repair have very strong feelings AGAINST using tape to repair books. Over time, regular tape will turn brown and the chemicals in the adhesive will become a part of the paper. At that point, it will no longer stick and hold the pages together, but will just peel right off leaving a brown stain behind, and the biggest problem, it will no longer hold the ripped page together. And not everyone chooses to use clear tape! We see all types of tape used to repair library materials. I guess whatever is handy will do, right? No way! 

Did you know that the library staff would prefer that if your library book rips or the pages fall out of the binding, that you not repair the damage? We would really prefer that you let us do it, we have the correct materials and the experience in repairing library materials. Most of the time if you make a repair with the incorrect materials it causes more damage to the book, sometimes making a correct repair impossible. Most people think if they repair the damage that we won't charge them a damage fee. Twice today I have had "repaired" items brought to my attention. I charged double what I would have for the simple damages, simply because the tape that was used was cheap cellophane that will yellow and not hold the pages in a few months time. It takes staff time to try and remove this cheap tape. Sometimes it is impossible to remove and thus makes it so we have to replace the item.

Here is the advice I give to those who come in to tour the library. Don't repair library books, they don't belong to you. Just bring them in and we will repair them properly. Accidents happen and sometimes it isn't your fault at all. For example, pages falling out of a poor binding (our LDS fiction collection is a great example, the publisher uses cheap, brittle glue on all of their books!).  Perhaps the glue or stitching is worn out, this is general damage from use and we don't charge for that type of thing. Now, if your child or dog has chewed the cover or if you spill your spaghetti O's on the pages, we will charge you. We do try and adjust the cost to the age and use of the book, even if the damage is your fault.  We know it's painful to pay for damage to a book, so try and keep them safe. Don't read in the bathtub, etc.(but that is another topic, I will save for another day) Remember, just say NO! to tape.

Thank you!
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Story Time Review

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 6:00am

What Shape is Story Time?

This week we explored more shapes in our Story time classes. We read Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh, The Shape of my Heart by Mark Sperring, It Looked like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw, What Shape? by Debbie McKinnon, and  I am a Blop! by Herve Tullet. Although I wanted to focus on shapes I found that a lot of these titles were also good at discussing that everything has a shape, not just what we call "shapes". It is a bunny shape or a house shape or a people shape. To help with this line of thought I used balloons and filled them with a variety of things. Salt, beans, water and corn syrup etc. They all had the same shape of a balloon but when the children held them and squished them they were very different. Some were hard some soft, some smooth and some bumpy. I loved this activity but one of our mom's in our Jr. Story time class is highly allergic to latex! Oh, I felt so badly for exposing her. She ran upstairs and took allergy meds and we had to make sure that her daughter washed her hands very well at the end of class. I usually am aware of things like peanut allergy and that is why I don't often give food to kids during our classes but this was a new and scary allergy to worry about.

We got out the Sound Shape drums and played around with different ways to play them. Fast, slow, loud, quiet, on the side, on the bottom, with your fingers, toes, elbows and head. Lots of fun and really noisy for the library. We danced along to the tune We are Rolling from the CD Smart Moves II.

For our craft we used heart shapes, stickers and markers to make some "Love Bug" valentine day cards for someone in the child's family. A lot of pieces but they were super cute when they were finished.

Next week: Valentine's Day/Love
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Story Time Review

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 6:00am

'Round & 'Round in Story Time!Our lesson for Story time classes began this week with an activity of playing with circles. I made the circles using 1" clear tubing, some bulk sequins and a  1" piece of dowel rod to make a connector. These circles can be used in a variety of ways. We drove them like a car, we twirled them around on our arms, we held them up like picture frames around our faces and we sat inside of them. We looked inside the circle to see if we could find different shapes in the sequins. I can see a green leaf or a purple heart, can you find one too? Who knew that a simple hoop could be so much fun!  Our stories were mostly about circles although some general  shape books were also included. They were Circle Dogs by Kevin Henkes, Shapes: Circles by Esther Sarfatti, Math Everyday: Shapes around Us by Daniel Nunn, So Many Circles So Many Squares by Tana Hoban,  Dot by Patricia Intriago, and The Dot by Peter Reynolds. I liked including the Shapes Around Us book because the front of the book is completely lacking any circles. I introduced the book by asking the kids if they could find any circles. Then when they said no, I asked them what shapes they did see. It was a great way to get them really looking at the book cover! This subject can get a bit repetitious because shape themed books don't usually have a story line and tend to be mostly the same. I loved that Circle Dogs and The Dot both were real stories!

I pulled out the parachute and we played along to the song Round and Round the Village from the CD Smart Moves II by Russ InVision. I pointed out to the children that the circle of our parachute was made up of different colored triangles, it was interesting to see them recognize that shapes can be made of of other shapes put together. While we were in the circle anyway we also played the classic Ring around the Rosie game, this was a huge hit with the 2-3 year old kids and even the 5 year old kids liked it well enough to play several times. In between books, we used the CD Put your Finger in the Air by William Janiak and played the track Make a Circle to get some of our wiggles out.

For our craft we made fruit loop necklaces. Instead of stringing them onto yarn, which is always too floppy. I gave the children plastic lace. It is just stiff enough to push through the holes and it doesn't shred or fray like the yarn always does, even if you put tape on the end. Plastic lace is small too, so even tight holes in the cereal can work. Of course, I had to give them extra cereal because who can resist eating some, or even most, of the cereal before it is strung. One little girl of about 2 1/2 kept telling her mom to stop touching her cereal! Mom was trying to show her how to string it but she wasn't interested, she just wanted to eat it. One little boy said to his mom, "I want some milk with my cereal!"  I love it :) I was torn this week about a craft. I could have had them make paper chains but I realized that I have never done cereal necklaces in all the time that I have done Story time, so it was a fun new craft for us.

Our take home pages were a shape recognition sheet and a find the shapes in the picture sheet.
Next week: More Shapes!

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Storytime Review

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:09am

Once there was a Snowman at Storytime!
This week for our Story Time classes we read about snowmen! Our books were Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner, Snowy Blowy Winter by Bob Raczka, Making a Friend by Alison McGhee, Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer and Snowzilla by Janet Lawler. To begin our class we did a white board activity. I had drawn shapes on cards and put them in a basket. The children would draw out a shape and I would draw that shape on the board. As we combined the shapes a snowman was drawn. For example a triangle became his nose and circles became his body or eyes and squares for his hat or buttons etc. A great activity for identifying shapes.

We sang the tune of happy birthday and instead of the traditional words we gave things to a snowman.
Here's a carrot for you
Here's a carrot for you
Here's a carrot, Mr. Snowman
Here's a carrot for you!
(We also sang about eyes, buttons, scarf and hat)
I used some laminated construction paper cutouts of each item and as we sang about it, we added it to our white board snowman (I erased some details).
We also used the CD Season Sings by Carole Peterson and built a snowman and did a couple of snowman action rhymes.

For our craft we used a piece of blue construction paper and painted a snowman with shaving cream/glue/glitter paint. We added the parts of the snowman like google eyes, buttons and an orange triangle. Easy peasy craft, a little messy but since it's shaving cream, a cinch to clean up. After it dried it took on some of the color of the blue paper, so they did kind of turn purple, but what can you do?

Our take home pages included a note for the mom's about how to choose a child's book and 10 reasons to read to your child. Previously posted on our blog on January 9th. We also sent home a sheet for the kids to practicing writing wavy lines and a snowman dot-to-dot.

Next week: Circles

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Story Time Review

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:00am
Wonderful Winter @ the Brigham City Library
We discussed playing in the snow this week in our Story Time classes. We read First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming, In the Snow, Who's been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George, Snow by Roy McKie and No Two Alike by Keith Baker.

I started the day with a big brown paper bag. We discussed things that you might need to go outside and play in the snow like gloves, a jacket or a scarf. I pulled each item out of the bag as we talked. We discussed what each item did. Keep your hands warm, or keeps you dry etc. We did several snow related finger plays and one flannel board activity with snowmen.

"Five little snowmen" flannel board activity, use 5 snowmen on the board. Remove one after each verse.
   Five little snowmen sitting by the door
   One hopped away and that left, four.
   Four little snowmen sitting by the tree
   One skipped away and that left, three.
   Three little snowmen sitting in the morning dew
   One danced away and that left, two.
   Two little snowmen having lots of fun
   One slid away and that left, one.
   One little snowman sitting in the sun
   Oh no! do you know what happened?
   He melted and that left none!

We danced along with the tune Hat, Jacket, Pants and Boots from the CD Season Sings! by Carole Peterson. We created some snowflake crowns for our craft. I cut strips of card stock 1 1/2" wide and stapled two together to make a strip long enough to go around the children's heads. Then we stapled three die cut snowflakes onto the headband. We added some silver jewels and other sparkly white beads. Then we covered the snowflakes with glue and added white glitter "snow" to each crown.  Messy but they turned out super pretty and fun. Lots of the glitter ended up on my clothes and in the kids hair, but that is part of the fun of glitter.

I sent home two take home pages. One practice writing sheet where the children duplicated the patterns shown and the other a story mat of a snowman picture. The picture included questions like "How many trees are in the picture?" or "Count all the mittens in the picture."

Next Week: Snowmen!
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

10 Reasons to Read to your Child

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 6:00am
10 reasons to Read to your child
1. When you hold them and give them attention, they know you love them.
2. Reading to them will encourage them to become readers.
3. Children's books today are so good they are fun, even for adults.
4. Children's book illustrations often rank with the best, giving them a lifelong appreciation for good art.
5. Books are one way of passing on your moral values them. Readers know how to put themselves in other's shoes.
6. Until they learn to read themselves they will think you are magic.
7. Every teacher and librarian they ever encounter will thank you.
8. Because it's nostalgic and makes wonderful memories.
9. For a short space of time they will stay clean and quiet.
10. It makes them smarter, and who doesn't want to have the smartest kids on the block!

How to choose a children's book   
     For Babies and Toddlers:
    * Choose books with simple bright pictures of familiar objects.
    * Look for simple text that has good rhythm. Try Sandra Boynton for a wonderful example.
     *Try wordless books and talk to them about the pictures.

     For Pre-school and Kindergarten:
     *Give them a classic foundation with Mother Goose, Nursery stories and Fairy tales.
     *Books with familiar situations.
     *Pictures are still very important to this age group. Look for pictures with details that follow the story.
     For Early School Year (ages 5-8):
     *Continue to read to them even when the begin to read independently! Select picture books with strong          stories and character development.
     *When choosing a book for them to read, try one with a straightforward story that employs everyday              words.
     *Try and find books with a real plot not just word repetition.
     *Try informational books, this satisfies their natural curiosity and they can learn about any subject that               interests them.

     For Older Children (ages 9-12):
     *Consider who the child is, his or her personality traits and personal preferences.
     *Make your selection with the child in mind. Choose a book in an area of specific interest.
     *This age group is reading independently very well and can be allowed to choose their own reading                 materials.

For more reading help visit www.reading.org

 IRA resources are available to help parents as they take on their critical role as their children’s first and most important teachers.

In the parents area, along with many other resources and links, you will find the Children's Choice Reading lists. A reading list with a twist! Children themselves evaluate the books and write reviews of their favorites. Since 1974, Children’s Choices have been a trusted source of book recommendations used by teachers, librarians, parents—and children themselves.

Enjoy your child while you can because soon they will grow up and your opportunity to sit and read with them will be gone.

Michele Schumann,
Children's Librarian